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Share America Foundation chooses young singer for scholarship

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 14, 2012 – 12:54 pm -

The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its first 2012 scholarship winner recently at its Sacred Sounds Fridays concert at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga.

The events help fund the organization’s Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship. Pearl and Floyd Franks are the late parents and former entertainment managers of actor/entertainer Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night.” The scholarships honor students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts.

Nicholas Hickman, 12, of Ringgold, Ga. was selected as the Catoosa County Designee for the scholarship. He attends Ringgold Middle School.

“One of our annual scholarships is set aside for a performer from Catoosa County, Ga. There were no applicants from Catoosa this year, so the board of directors chose to select a candidate and award the 2012 scholarship in the year that candidate attends college,” Franks said. “Nicholas is carrying on the traditional music of this region through his learning the basics of vocal techniques used in gospel singing for generations.”

The requirements for designees to receive the scholarship are to fulfill the application requirements in the year he or she enrolls in college immediately following graduation and to continue performing the Appalachian musical style of their choice, according to Franks.

Hickman began singing at the age of three when he stepped on stage with entertainer James Rogers. Recently, Nicholas was winner of Georgia’s “Gospel’s Got Talent” contest, where he placed first in his division. Prior to this, he led his elementary school chorus to receive a second call back with “America’s Got Talent” auditions in Atlanta.

Within the last year, he has traveled with show choir, “SingAkadamie” to Hawaii, where he received a three minute standing ovation at the 3000 seat Blaisdale Concert Hall, singing his signature song, “Amen,” arranged by his private vocal coach, and talent advisor, Sheri Thrower.

He was recently featured on a gospel music video with gospel music legend Phil Cross.

Nicholas is the son of Brent and Barbara Hickman and brother of Zach Carmical, all of Ringgold Ga. He is the grandson of Edward and Carolyn Hickman of Ringgold, Ga. and Jack and Mary Cooper of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Share America Foundation Board members include Franks, president; Joe Turner, chairman; Gene Lowery, vice chairman; James Pelt, secretary and Jerry Robinson, Sr., vice president and Adam Cathey.

The next concert is July 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Watkins Family and Mountain Cove Bluegrass at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold. Admission is a $5 donation.

For more information about the organization and its programs, contact Share America, P.O. Box 42, Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755 or visit

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TV/music celebrities bring attention to hometown tornado needs in Georgia

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 21, 2011 – 1:16 pm -

Actor/entertainer Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” of TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” gave American Idol ®

American Idol finalist Lauren Alaina and actor/entertainer Randall Franks prepare to take a tour to raise awareness about the needs in their home community.

finalist Lauren Alaina and her family a tour of the tornado devastation in the home community they share in Catoosa County, Ga.. The American Idol crew taped scenes for Alaina’s hometown feature which aired May 19.

The former NBC and CBS star, who made appearances for the Grand Ole Opry ® for 13 years, said he hopes the Idol exposure and recent attention focused by “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” while highlighting Catoosa’s Sharrock Family will help Ringgold and Catoosa County raise the monies needed to help the uninsured and underinsured rebuild their lives.

“So many people across the region were affected by the storms and tornadoes on April 27,” he said. “We lost nine neighbors that night. My home was spared from the devastation that many of my neighbors faced. As I rushed door to door to check on my neighbors, climbing over and under trees, power lines, and the rubble that once was homes, I wondered how we could ever make the community whole again.”

Thanks to the foresight of community and business leaders, churches, civic organizations, the community has created Catoosa Organization Acting in Disaster (COAD), with an existing community non-profit 501-C-3, to lead the effort of rebuilding for those without or with little means, he said.

“I hope that those who might wish to help will reach out with a tax-deductible donation to help bring a new normal for our neighbors,” Franks said. “While the numbers are still being tabulated on how many houses the organization will have to help build or repair, it is safe to say a million dollars is needed to help. Initial numbers show more than 600 homes were hit that night.”

Send tax-deductible donations to Catoosa Organization Acting in Disaster (COAD), P.O. Box 53, Ringgold, Ga. 30736 or visit for more information. Locally donations may be made at Capital Bank, Community National Bank, Gateway Bank and Trust and Northwest Georgia Bank. For information about COAD, call (706) 935-2109.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on May 5, 2011 – 1:36 pm -

On April 27, 2011, the small town of Ringgold, GA was devastated by an ef-4 tornado, leaving the community in an official state of emergency.  The destruction left many homeless, injured and mourning the loss of loved ones.  As a response to the desperate needs of the community, a gospel concert will be held on Friday, May 13 at 7:00 PM. Three outstanding groups from Georgia are scheduled to perform.  LoveSong Trio, The Shadrix Trio and The Greesons will be ministering through song.  There is no admission cost, however a love offering will be collected and all proceeds will go directly to the Ringgold, GA Tornado Victims.
Donations can be mailed in as well.  Please make checks payable to Ringgold UMC and specify “Ringgold Tornado Victims” on the memo line of the check.  Mailing address is:  Rhonda Frye Music Ministries PO Box 1442 Ringgold, GA  30736.  All donations are tax deductible and are greatly appreciated.  Please keep the Ringgold and surrounding communities lifted up in prayer.
For more information, contact Corey Groce at 423-653-5169 or visit “The Finishing Well” at

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